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Black Rock Creek senior golfers retain No. 2 spot in standings

With Tom Diener besting the entire field by shooting a 4-over-par 76, and teammate Akira Nozaka just one shot back at 77, the Black Rock Creek squad defended its home course turf well last week in a Mid-Columbia Senior Tour event.

"We gave 'em a lesson on how to play Black Rock Creek," said team spokesman Max Wickham.

"The Black Rock Creek team had 721 strokes and the second place team, Walla Walla, had 769," Wickham added.

The Sunnyside area golfers, based on their strong showing at last week's competition, moved up a point on the first place Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course team to retain the No. 2 spot in the tour standings. Currently, Walla Walla is in first with 47 points, with Black Rock Creek sitting on 43.5 points. The Columbia Point Golf Course team is a distant third with 31.5 points.

The nine teams that compete on the Mid-Columbia Senior Tour will next compete at Columbia Point on Wednesday, June 28. The last day for the local Black Rock Creek golfers to sign up to play is Monday, June 26.

At last week's Senior Tour competition hosted by the Sunnyside course, Diener and Nozaka were the class of the field with their 76 and 77, respectively. However, the Black Rock Creek team also received a stellar effort from Bernie Schutt, who won low net of field honors with a handicap-aided 63. Schutt's actual score of 85 was nine strokes below his scoring average.

Black Rock Creek's 10 low scorers last week were Diener (76), Nozaka (77), Miles Plata (84), Schutt (85), Terry Matthews (85), Perry Barnhill (86), Don Cardenas (88), Wickham (90), Larry Kleingartner (90) and Jim Angel (90).

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